Johnnie and I go back a long way - all the way to Chalk Farm, in fact, where we used to live together (so to speak) in the early 2000's. There is now a website dedicated to The Etons - the mansion block Johnnie and I shared - which lists the many famous people who have resided there from Larry Adler to Sacha Baron-Cohen. Neither Johnnie nor I get a mention (yet) but that could all change for Mr Mountain this week. I have inside information, you see, and much as I am dying to let the cat out of the bag, I can't. You will just have to make sure you watch.
In honour of Johnnie, I cooked his slow roast shoulder of pork from his new cookbook, PIG which I am unable to link to because it's not out yet. Never in my life have I managed to successfully roast pork - until now. In EATING MY WORDS I describe how I thought I had poisoned thirteen people by serving up lukewarm, wibbly-wobbly pork after buying a pig leg in America which was bigger than a 3yr old child.
The pork in the picture which fed four of us with enough left over for sandwiches today, was an astounding £3.28 at Morrison's. Half price at the minute and well worth emptying the freezer for.
I will be blogging throughout the week on the Johnnie status just in case anyone misses one of the episodes - remember it starts tomorrow and is on every night this week culminating in cooking the whole menu on Sunday for the judges, Pru Leith, Oliver Peyton and the lovely Matthew Fort. Matthew is a fellow blogger and I am a great fan http://fortonfood.wordpress.com/. Check him out but don't leave me for him.